Microsoft honoured eight Canadian teachers among over 500 educators in attendance at the 2010 Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The accolades were in recognition of the teachers’ hard work in integrating technology into the classroom.
The teachers were:
- Jeff Osinski and Jon Funk, Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler, Manitoba
- Curtis Wagner and Kelli Boklaschuk, St. Angela School, Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Clarke Hagan, Fisher Branch Collegiate and Lakeshore School Division, Eriksdale, Manitoba
- Ian Fogarty [pictured], Riverview High School, Riverview, New Brunswick
- Trevor Driscoll, Bathurst High School, Bathurst, New Bruniswick
- Frédéric Roussel, École La Villa des Amis, Tracadie-Beach, New Brunswick
The Forum is part of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Forum. Each year, thousands of teachers from around the world participate in country-level and regional competitions, with winners moving on to the next level, culminating each year at the global summit, held in South Africa this year.
Ian Fogarty of New Brunswick was second runner-up in the category of Innovation in Collaboration, for his work on “Xenotransplant Debate,” a sort of role-play exercise that got students thinking about the morals, ethics, and different perspectives around developing legislation for a controversial new medical breakthrough.
Curtis Wagner and Kellie Boklaschuk were named semi-finalist for their work on their project “Connecting Kids” designed for a Grade 6 social studies unit. Connecting Kids integrated over 25 different types of software and technology and created a partnership is created between two different classes on opposite sides of the world. The two classes collaboratively explored, researched, developed and taught their fellow classmates the curricular outcomes using different types of technology.